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Big 12 football: Go with the Longhorns to 'upset' Texas Tech

by Berry Tramel Published: November 2, 2012
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Mack Brown's Longhorns are the most maligned 6-2 team in America. A 63-21 loss to your arch-rival and a survival at lowly Kansas will bring such status.

But give Mack this. He usually wins close games. This season, Texas has survived OSU 41-36, Baylor 56-50 and Kansas 21-17, while losing 48-45 to West Virginia.

Under Mack, Texas is 3-0 in one-point games, 6-1 in two-point games, 12-4 in three-point games and 8-3 in four-point games. That makes the ‘Horns 29-8 in games decided by four points or less. That's an amazing record in games that are basically tossups.

So Saturday in Lubbock, can Texas keep it close? Tech's newfound defensive prowess has sprung a leak. Against the Red Raiders, OU scored 41, TCU scored 36 in regulation and Kansas State scored 55.

Tech will score on Texas, but if Texas can score on Tech, Mack could find a way to win it in the end. Tech is a 6 1/2-point favorite, but let's go with the Longhorns in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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